Sierra Leone

Partner Since Sector Region
CTF 2007 Education Northern Region
Program period Beneficiaries Budget Room for funding
2011 - 2015 1.500 children € 514.434 € 150.000

The Cotton Tree Foundation (CTF) is a non-profit organization established in 2000 by Michael Kamara and his wife Joan. The organization exists to fight poverty and build peace in rural communities in the war-torn society of Sierra Leone. This is done through sustainable economic and social development efforts, including livelihood, education, and primary health care programs.

WSN and CTF will build 5 three-classroom blocks for primary and junior secondary schools, 3 three-apartment teacher quarters, 3 latrines. In addition, 120 adults will receive literacy training and 30 community leaders (SMTs, PTAs, Health Committees) will be trained in management. The Hofstede Foundation supports this program with an amount of € 200.000.
Through this program, 1.500 children will get better access to education. In the North, many children of primary-school going age, the majority of them girls, are not enrolled in schools. Those who are, are often taught by unqualified and underpaid teachers in overcrowded, unhealthy and poorly equipped classrooms. The Northern Region has the lowest enrolment rate of all regions. Especially in rural areas, attendance and literacy rates are low.